Carrie Fisher 1956-2016

I am stunned that Carrie Fisher, at 60, passed away after having a heart attack on Friday during a flight from London to Los Angeles.

When I wrote about her previous to this, I was under the impression after her mother, the actress Debbie Reynolds, said she was in stable condition, that she was on the road to recovery.

I guess it was wishful thinking on my part, while reading Wishful Drinking on hers.

I’m here with her latest memoir, The Princess Diarist, in my lap like it’s a holy oracle since, these were her last words, on paper at least.

I spoke of her frankness, the way she told you everything personal without holding anything back.

How when she and her brother, Todd, were small, missed their mother so much who spent hours at work too exhausted to be much of a mom when she got home, to be close to her, they’d sleep in her bedroom…Carrie on the floor, Todd curled up in a window seat.

She openly tells of her chronic depression, finally diagnosed as bipolar allowing you to see the horrors on one side, with hope on the other.

She unabashedly talks of her marriage to singer, Paul Simon, and how after arguing before getting on a plane said to him, if the plane crashes, you’ll be sorry, and he said, maybe not.

I laughed even though it wasn’t very funny, but because she found humor, I had permission to find it too.

Carrie poked fun at everything except Billie, her daughter, she said was perfect.  images-2

I’m sad.

After spending the Christmas weekend with her reading, I feel loss.

Princess Leia, alas, is no more.   images-1



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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27 Responses to Carrie Fisher 1956-2016

  1. Elle Knowles says:

    I read Wishful Drinking a few months ago but haven’t read The Princess Diarist yet. I think her death, as so many other celebrity deaths this year, was a shock to all! ~Elle


  2. Coyote from Orion says:

    Terrible. So sad

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  3. The news (if you can believe news) did say that she was stable and they expected a recovery. However, the body was tired. RIP.

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  4. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, I was shocked, too. It sounded like she was recovering and doing well. And she seemed fine in her interview last week. Another lesson that we should always live life to the fullest, because you never know when your time is up.

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  5. I’m just tired of 2016 taking away all the icons of my generation. After hearing Debbie’s statement I too thought she would recover … false hope hits hard.
    I thought of you the second I heard the news knowing you were reading her work.

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  6. It is a shock, and I just read where Debbie Reynolds has been hospitalized. I had a feeling this was going to be too much for her mother’s heart.

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  7. Gail says:

    And I just read that Debby Reynolds died. So sad.

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  8. And now Debbie, too. It’s all too much to contemplate, thinking of what Todd and Billie must be dealing with now. Oh the grief. 2016 please just end! :O(

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  9. micklively says:

    We’ve lost so many “greats” in 2016. That mother and daughter should fall on consecutive days is just plain weird.


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